I’m a senior lecturer in health and social care statistics based in London; here’s my website. My faculty is a collaboration between two universities: Kingston University and St George’s (Medical School), University of London. I teach health and social care professionals about statistics and research methods, from theory and terminology to software. I am also one of the guest faculty on Harvard Medical School’s Global Clinical Scholars Research Training (GCSRT) program, and the related courses in Portugal, the UK and the Persian Gulf region. I work with clinical and researcher colleagues on academic health and social care research projects from design and bidding through to data analysis and writing for publication; I got REF’d in 2014.

I regularly use and teach the software packages R, Stan (I make StataStan), Stata and SPSS, and dabble in programming with JavaScript (particularly D3), C++ and CUDA. I value having nuts ‘n’ bolts control over software above easy interfaces, and really enjoy showing people how to get amazing results out of the simplest of tools. Along these lines, I put together animatedgraphs.co.uk to explain how to make bespoke animated graphs from inside R or Stata. One day you may see websites in a similar spirit at interactivegraphs.co.uk and bayescamp.com!

I try to spend as much time as I can on methodological research into Bayesian latent variable models and structural equation models, as well as data visualization. Substantive research topics tend to cluster around stroke rehabilitation, osteoarthritis, dementia, health workforce planning and evaluation of healthcare education.

Before moving into academia, I analysed national hospital quality indicators at the Royal College of Physicians of London. I also worked on meta-analysis, economic modeling and project management on six clinical guidelines for the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

I am on the statistical computing committee of the Royal Statistical Society, and the National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Confidential Enquiries. I am also the Honorary Statistician in the research team at Princess Alice Hospice, and on the editorial board of the International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics.

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